The coronavirus pandemic has helped the already popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) to reach another level among online multiplayers. Last year, Valve’s FPS reached the global mark of one million players and stood firm among the world’s most popular games in the category.
Since CS: GO users don’t pay to access the platform, Valve has developed a system of microtransactions operated by Steam to profit from the game’s enormous popularity. In this system, players can buy and sell weapon skins, item boxes and other elements of the game. Several other sites also took advantage of the success of multiplayer and developed alternative platforms for buying, selling and exchanging items – this is the case with CS Money, one of the most complete options in this category.
CS Money is an alternative platform for buying, selling and exchanging itemsSource: CS Money
But as someone always wants to take advantage of the Internet – often illegally – it is important to know how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of scams on the platform.
Steam security issues
Seeking to avoid the increase in illegal schemes involving CS: GO items, Valve itself implemented changes to the skin exchange system on Steam.
“Over time, external services have developed operations that use automated Steam accounts to mimic players and take advantage of the platform’s switch function,” Valve said in March 2018. “Unfortunately, some of these services have become a vector of fraud and fraudulent schemes ”.
The solution found by Valve was to implement a “trade lock”, a tool that prevents items from being exchanged or sold in the first seven days after purchase. “Unlike players, these (fraudulent) services depend on the ability to sell items very often. On the other hand, an item is not transferred between real players more than once in a single week, in the vast majority of cases ”, concludes Valve.
Valve implemented 7-day trade lock on SteamSource: Steam
CS Money gains strength as an alternative
The seven-day trade lock imposed by Valve left many CS: GO players dissatisfied, either due to the delay in receiving the items or the need for quick transactions on the platform. This situation strengthened other platforms for buying and exchanging items outside of Steam.
An interesting option for users who require a faster and more dynamic transfer system is CS Money. The site is reliable, but like any financial transaction on the internet, the exchange and purchase of items requires attention and certain care from the user. CS Money itself recommends checking the bots before any trading on the platform, in addition to providing the bot’s identification numbers and registration date on Steam, all to make the possibility of fraud even more difficult.
Another solution developed by the platform is the extension “CS Money Antiscam”. This extension guarantees the user that the exchanges are taking place in the real CS Money, and not on a fake website. The extension also notifies the user in the event of the possibility of fraud in the API key.
The ” Antiscam ” extension is one of the security layers of CS MoneySource: CS Money
How to buy, sell and exchange on CS Money?
Purchasing items and skins at CS.Money is very simple and similar to purchasing products on large ecommerce platforms. After logging into the site with your Steam login, simply add the desired items to the cart and complete the purchase. CS.Money accepts several forms of payment, such as credit card, PayPal, G2A Pay and Skrill.
In the case of exchanges and sales, the site added two more layers of protection to users to prevent scams and fraud. Therefore, these functions are unavailable until certain requirements are met.
If the user wishes to carry out these types of transactions on the platform, it is necessary that their personal inventory is public on Steam and that the exchange URL is valid. In addition, for security reasons, the user is required to install and configure the “Steam Guard” authenticator on the smartphone and wait up to 15 days for the full activation of the application.
The last requirement to exchange and sell items is to reach level 2 on Steam. To remove these restrictions, the user must add at least US $ 5.00 to the CS Money wallet, buy an item for the same amount or purchase the Prime subscription from the platform. Upon completion of any of these actions, the restriction on exchanging and selling items will be removed forever.